Despite being one of the most anticipated events of the season, the 2023 Roland Garros tournament will be missing several superstars as injury and personal matters continue to ravage both the ATP and WTA circuits.
It is already well-known news that 14-time defending champion Rafael Nadal will not be participating at this year's edition, for the first time since 2004. Joining Nadal are a few other key stars whose presence will be missed at this year's event, and below is a list of such players.
2023 French Open Roland Garros ATP Entry List including Djokovic, Alcaraz and Ruud (Update - 22-05)
1. Rafael Nadal: The Spaniard suffered a hip injury at this year's Australian Open, and his recovery has taken longer than anticipated. Nadal stated he would be taking a long break from tennis this season, and hopes to return in order to compete during the 2024 season, which could be his last.
2. Andy Murray: The Scot was a participant in the clay-court swing, competing in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome. Additionally, he won his maiden Challenger title on the surface in France. However, Murray opted to withdraw from the French Open, in order to keep his legs fresh for the subsequent grass-court season.
3. Emma Raducanu: The British star underwent surgery on her hands and ankles, and will therefore miss Roland Garros. Her participation at Wimbledon is also in doubt.
4. Naomi Osaka: The Japanese superstar is expecting her first child and will therefore be out of action for the rest of the year. Osaka has revealed she hopes to return in time for the Olympics in 2024.
2023 French Open Roland Garros WTA Entry List including Swiatek, Sabalenka, Pegula, Jabeur, Garcia, Gauff, Rybakina (Update 22-05)
5. Simona Halep: The Romanian will be unable to compete at the French Open as she is still suspended after testing positive for the prohibited substance Roxadustat.
6. Matteo Berrettini: The former World No.6 suffered an injury at the Monte Carlo Masters and has since been out of action. This will be the second successive year where the Italian will be missing Roland Garros.
7. Nick Kyrgios: The Aussie star withdrew from this year's event after suffering a left foot injury while his car was being stolen earlier this month. The former World No.13 is yet to compete this season, as he has been battling a knee issue.
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